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Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Spotlight: Laura Kaye

Why I Write Erotic Romance

First, a small SQUEE!
Happy Release Day to Just Gotta Say!


Many people lump erotic romance and erotic fiction in with pornography. To me, there’s a difference. Erotic romance is primarily romantic storytelling that combines prominent romantic emotional connection with central-to-plot erotic elements. Erotica also tells a story where sex and eroticism are the primary focus, though romantic elements and happy endings aren’t required. I would argue most erotica is written to arouse women, while most pornography is written or filmed to arouse men. To me, pornography cares little about relationships or storytelling, which is why the filmed versions usually lack dialogue and the written versions often do little to develop characters. So, while all three have as a fundamental purpose arousing the reader or viewer, they’re quite different in terms of emotional components and storytelling function.

Still, many people conflate them and don’t acknowledge a difference. This is often why, when you announce you’re an author of erotic romance, some folks look at you with surprise, shock, disapproval, or like you’ve just admitted some deep, dark, deviant behavior. All of which begs the question: why do I write in this genre?

The first reason I write erotic romance is because, frankly, I’m good at it and I enjoy it! When I write, I see the scenes in my head as if they were a 3-D set or a movie. I can move around the people and objects in my head and see how people are positioned, where hands are placed, and how the characters’ perspective on the setting differs from their positions. It makes blocking and writing physical actions easier for me, which makes writing sex scenes fun.

The second reason I write erotic romance is because sex and sensual, erotic situations are often moments of heightened tension and emotionality. They’re full of potential as turning points in relationships or identity. And, as a writer, that’s exciting. It’s cool to put your characters in these situations, which, in erotic romance, often push their boundaries and comfort zones, and see how they react. It often results in not only some damn hot scenes, but also some super compelling character development. And, as a writer of character-driven fiction, that’s writing gold for me.

I also write erotic romance because sexy, sensual, erotic scenes represent a key opportunity to take your readers for a ride outside their potential comfort zones. If a writer can get a reader to have sympathy for and identify with characters engaging in sexual activities a reader might never try themselves, or of which they might even disapprove, then you’ve done your job. And, seeing if you can craft the words, the motivations, the character rationales that will nab that readers’ buy-in to the story is a great challenge and, when successful, a moment of real achievement.

Since I’ve been talking about sexual fantasies all week, it’s also fair to add that writing erotic romance is fun and satisfying because it lets me as the writer and you as the reader engage in the many sexual fantasies floating around in our heads and making up our happiest daydreams. It gives all of us yet another safe, private, guilt-free way to indulge in those naughty-but-oh-so-good imaginings, not to mention helping us come up with some new fantasies, too.

I love the idea that my words, however sexy and erotic they may or may not be, take my readers on a journey, and that those same readers agree to come along for the ride. The thought that someone might find a few hours of pleasure or escape at my hand is a wonderful source of inspiration and motivation for me, and a true honor.

For the writers visiting, why do you write erotic romance. For the readers here, why do you enjoy reading it?

A huge thanks to Whipped Cream for hosting me all week, and to everyone who turned out to read and comment! I’ve had great fun!

Thanks for reading,
Laura Kaye

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance, Laura Kaye’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura is the author of the bestselling contemporary romance Hearts in Darkness and the bestselling and award-nominated paranormal romance Forever Freed. Just Gotta Say is Laura’s third published book, and her fourth, North of Need (Book 1 in the Hearts of the Anemoi Series) releases on November 1. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

Leave a comment on today's post for a chance to win one of three E-book copies of Just Gotta Say (releases 9/30 from Decadent Publishing. Winners will be chosen by WC on Saturday. The Just Gotta Blog Tour features giveaways at every stop.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Thursday Spotlight: Laura Kaye

Men’s Top Sexual Fantasies


So, all week I’ve been chatting about women’s sexual fantasies. Makes sense, since I’m celebrating the release of my debut erotic romance (TOMORROW!) called Just Gotta Say, which features a woman getting to act out her most secret, forbidden fantasy. Well, fair’s fair, I say, so today we’re turning the tables and getting into men’s most private thoughts. There’s overlap to be sure, but men’s sexual fantasies also differ from women’s in some interesting ways. So, based on an analysis of multiple survey results on male sexual fantasies, here’s what gets men all revved up:

Male-male. Among many heterosexual men, the idea of any sexual or sensual activity is illicit, and that makes it dark, dangerous, and arousing, though it doesn’t mean they’re gay or even bi-.

Domination. Men fantasize about being totally let out of the box, completely free to exercise their every male desire. They want to be rough and aggressive and take what they want to gain their pleasure. They want to be in control, and they’re eager to unleash their inner caveman to do it.

Bondage. Connected to men’s domination fantasies, they get off on the idea of tying a woman up. For real. Not just easily removed silk scarves that offer the illusion of bondage, but men get off on the idea of physically restraining women using handcuffs, rope, or other bondage devices.

Anal Sex. You knew this had to be on here somewhere, didn’t you? Talk about illicit, and dirty, and maybe even a bit degrading. Men fantasize about penetrating a woman’s body, everywhere. And that makes anal sex a top sexual fantasy for most men.

Masturbation. Men want to jerk off in front of you, and they want you to jerk them off. Pretty much, they dream of any and all handjob action—add a little in-public danger to ramp up the arousal even further.

Voyeurism and Exhibitionism. Men are visually stimulated, so the idea of watching and being watched turns them on. The thought of other men watching you pleasure him, but not getting to touch you in return, is a big ego-builder. They also like women’s exhibitionism, and are all too happy to watch you masturbate or strip for them. They’re all about the eye candy.

Group Sex. Of a very particular kind, and I know you know what I’m talking about. A top male fantasy is having sex with two women. The thought of being able to please two women in bed speaks to the core of the male sexual ego, making it one of the most commonly held male sexual fantasies.

Oral Sex. This is one men can’t stop thinking about. And, like handjobs, is especially nice because it can be performed in lots of risky places. While driving? While sitting at a desk? In a dark alley? On a dancefloor? Is it getting hot in here? And, I’m sure you won’t be surprised that oral sex including deep throat is an especial turn-on for men.

So, did I miss a male sexual fantasy your guy particularly enjoys? Stop back by tomorrow for the conclusion of my Whipped Cream Spotlight!

Thanks for reading,
Laura Kaye

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance, Laura Kaye’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura is the author of the bestselling contemporary romance Hearts in Darkness and the bestselling and award-nominated paranormal romance Forever Freed. Just Gotta Say is Laura’s third published book, and her fourth, North of Need (Book 1 in the Hearts of the Anemoi Series) releases on November 1. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

Leave a comment on today's post for a chance to win one of three E-book copies of Just Gotta Say (releases 9/30 from Decadent Publishing. Winners will be chosen by WC on Saturday. The Just Gotta Blog Tour features giveaways at every stop.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wednesday Spotlight: Laura Kaye

Women’s Top Sexual Fantasies, Part Deux


Yesterday, I talked about some of women’s most commonly held sexual fantasies, including force fantasies, being a bad girl, group sex (the fantasy at the heart of my 9/30 release, Just Gotta Say), exhibitionism, and voyeurism. While these often rank among the top-five of women’s sexual fantasies, there are quite a few other arousing scenarios women frequently mention in surveys. These are too damn delicious not to explore in a little more details. So…

Stranger. Dangerous in so many ways in real life, the fantasy of picking up a complete stranger and having a wild night of sex with him is pretty consistently toward the top of women’s sexual fantasy lists. The stranger fantasy opens up a world where no-holds-barred, no-strings-attached, no-emotional-baggage sex exists, and the entire encounter can just be about chasing down mind-blowing sexual release. It’s hard to argue with that one.

Domination. Many women dream of using and controlling a man for her complete and total pleasure. In this fantasy, the woman might demand a man’s silence. or require that he can’t touch her. She might order him to his knees and command he pleasure her with his mouth. This one appeals to many women because it allows them the free and full expression of their sexual needs and desires. It allows them to confidently take what they want—not just ask or hope their partner will know to give it to them. Some women take their fantasizing about stepping into the traditional male role a step further and include strap-on play as part of the fun—penetration is the ultimate form of domination, after all.

Submission. In this top fantasy, a woman dreams of turning over total control to the man. He makes all decisions, commands her compliance, gives or withholds pleasure at his discretion, and uses her for his own satisfaction. Like the force fantasy, submission is appealing because a woman is relieved of the control and decision-making that characterizes so much of her daily life. Unlike the force fantasy, however, the submission fantasy is consensual—a woman voluntarily gives over her control.

Role-Playing. Also related to the Bad Girl fantasy I discussed yesterday, this fantasy is about you and/or your partner adopting a new persona. In this way, it can also be a form of the stranger fantasy, depending on just how detailed the role playing is. Popular role plays include daddy-daughter, teacher-student, officer-lawbreaker, employer-employee, and prostitute-john. Often common in role-playing fantasies is a power differential that makes the liaison dangerous, illicit and inappropriate.

This list is, of course, by no means complete. But it is interesting and informative that the same fantasies tend to appear over and over in survey results about women’s sexual fantasies. Clearly, there are some things that turn many, many of us on, even if we would never try them in real life. So, what do you think? Are you surprised by any on yesterday’s and today’s list? Feel I miss something totally fantastic? Share your thoughts on fantasies, and come on back tomorrow when I discuss what fantasies rev men up…

Thanks for reading,
Laura Kaye

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance, Laura Kaye’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura is the author of the bestselling contemporary romance Hearts in Darkness and the bestselling and award-nominated paranormal romance Forever Freed. Just Gotta Say is Laura’s third published book, and her fourth, North of Need (Book 1 in the Hearts of the Anemoi Series) releases on November 1. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

Leave a comment on today's post for a chance to win one of three E-book copies of Just Gotta Say (releases 9/30 from Decadent Publishing. Winners will be chosen by WC on Saturday. The Just Gotta Blog Tour features giveaways at every stop.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuesday Spotlight: Laura Kaye

Women’s Top Five Sexual Fantasies


Women share an interest in the same sexual fantasies. Survey after survey includes a similar mix of arousing scenarios—only the ranking tends to differ. And, among the top five is the very fantasy that drives Just Gotta Say heroine Callie Davis totally crazy. Which one is that? Read on, my fantasizing friends, read on…

Sexual fantasies that most frequently appear in the Top 5:

Force Fantasies. This may surprise some people, but force fantasies consistently rank at the top of survey results on female sexual fantasies. Women fantasize about being manhandled, having rough sex, hair pulling, spanking, being told what they want and resisting a man’s seduction because it allows them to indulge in their most wanton sexual behavior without having to feel slutty or guilty about it. In the bedroom, force fantasies also allow them to imagine giving up the control they maintain in every other part of their lives.

Bad Girl
. Fantasizing about being a bad girl is another top-fiver, and manifests in a number of different ways. Women fantasize about being a prostitute, picking up a stranger and blowing his mind. Women fantasize about serving as a man’s private dancer, enticing him with a striptease and a lap dance. Bad girls also sleep with inappropriate, risqué partners—her “daddy,” her man’s best friend, her boss, or her subordinate. Within this fantasy, women often desire to control the man, order him around, dominate him, though this isn’t strictly a domination fantasy. More, women relish the ideas of sexual freedom and blatant expression of wantonness.

Group Sex. Ding-ding-ding! We have a winner—here’s Callie’s fantasy in Just Gotta Say! Equally popular among top-five female sexual fantasies is group sex with a man and another woman and group sex with multiple men. Many women fantasize about girl-girl sex. Many women are attracted to the idea of another woman’s soft, smooth female flesh and her knowledge of what feels good to a woman. And, if her man watches her get it on with this lady, that’s all the better. Those lured by the fantasy of group sex with multiple men focus on the idea of being the center of all their attention, and the feeling of power that comes from bringing a group of hot, virile, manly men to their knees. Yep, group sex is at the top of women’s lists.

Exhibitionism. Another high-ranking sexual fantasy is being watched. This might mean masturbating in front of your guy, having sex in a public place, engaging in sexual activity anywhere you might get caught, or performing for a camera in a home movie. In this fantasy, women love the inherent danger the fantasy represents. They also love the idea that strangers would get hot watching them get off. It’s another fantasy that gives women a sense of power, and also thrills them because, to do it, they’d have to let go of all their inhibitions about their naked body—an exciting thought all by itself.

Voyeurism. Women like to watch as well as be watched, so it’s not surprising voyeurism consistently ranks at the top of women’s sexual fantasies. Over 40% of women admit to watching porn movies or visiting pornographic websites while alone. And, among those, a Stanford University survey that women can orgasm, on average, within two minutes of watching an erotic movie. Voyeurism is the most low risk of the top-ranking sexual fantasies, which is one of the things that makes it prominent.

Are you surprised by what ranks at the top of women’s sexual fantasy list? Stay tuned tomorrow for more top-10 women’s sexual fantasies. It’s getting hotter and hotter ‘round here…

Thanks for reading,
Laura Kaye

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance, Laura Kaye’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura is the author of the bestselling contemporary romance Hearts in Darkness and the bestselling and award-nominated paranormal romance Forever Freed. Just Gotta Say is Laura’s third published book, and her fourth, North of Need (Book 1 in the Hearts of the Anemoi Series) releases on November 1. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

Leave a comment on today's post for a chance to win one of three E-book copies of Just Gotta Say (releases 9/30 from Decadent Publishing. Winners will be chosen by WC on Saturday. The Just Gotta Blog Tour features giveaways at every stop.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday Spotlight: Laura Kaye

The Secret Fantasy Life of Women


Every study confirms it: normal, healthy women fantasize about sex. A lot. And why not? It’s low-pressure, safe, guilt-free and private, and allows you to imagine doing things or behaving in ways your rational, social self might not feel comfortable attempting.

It’s perfect timing for a little conversation about women’s sexual fantasies—this Friday, my debut erotic romance novella, Just Gotta Say, releases, and centers around a woman getting to live out one of her hottest, longest-held secret fantasies. Having sex with multiple men is consistently on women’s top-ten list of sexual fantasies. This fantasy thrills women because it puts them at the center of not just one, but several men’s attention and desire. What could make you feel more wanted and adored and desirable than bringing multiple men to their knees—or to mind-bending orgasm?

A recent Stanford University study featured in Men’s Health surveyed 10,000 women to ask about their interest in various sexual situations or fantasies, and here’s what the study found:

25% want a threesome with a man and another woman.
81% want a man to use sex toys on them.
47% want to visit a strip club with a man.
40% are ready to make a sex DVD with their man.
72% want to watch porn with their man.
51% want to join the mile-high club with their man.
64% want to have sex with a man in a public place.
43% want to have a secret sexual encounter in an office.
66% want a man to cuff them.
74% want to be spanked during sex.
63% want a man to pull their hair during sex.
80% want to touch themselves while their man watches (and learns).

This list reveals why over 40% of women admit to watching porn or visiting pornographic websites when they’re alone. They want to be able to visualize the risqué activities and fantasies they find so very arousing. This was true for my Just Gotta Say heroine, Callie Davis, who indulges in a little movie watching because she thinks there’s no way her fantasy could ever come to life…

Tune back in tomorrow for more on women’s top sexual fantasies. What’s on your top ten list?

Thanks for reading,
Laura Kaye

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A multi-published author of paranormal, contemporary and erotic romance, Laura Kaye’s hot, heartfelt stories are all about the universal desire for a place to belong. Laura is the author of the bestselling contemporary romance Hearts in Darkness and the bestselling and award-nominated paranormal romance Forever Freed. Just Gotta Say is Laura’s third published book, and her fourth, North of Need (Book 1 in the Hearts of the Anemoi Series) releases on November 1. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

Leave a comment on today's post for a chance to win one of three E-book copies of Just Gotta Say (releases 9/30 from Decadent Publishing. Winners will be chosen by WC on Saturday. The Just Gotta Blog Tour features giveaways at every stop.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Friday Spotlight: Megan Slayer

So They Said...No Thanks – Dealing with Rejection


I’ve been asked many times over my short career how I deal with rejection. At first I thought, why are you obsessed with knowing? I mean, it’s no fun being rejected. You know? Who likes to talk about that kind of stuff?

But I thought about it some more and realized the ones usually asking were the ones who hadn’t quite made it yet. Is that a bad thing? Absolutely not. We all deal with the not so fun things in life differently, but if one can come up with a way to make it a little less yucky we want to share it.

So, how do I deal with rejection? Speaking as I’ve had it happen quite recently, here’s my recipe for dealing with the big N-O.

First, I tend to read the email until it’s unreadable. I have the things memorized. This is what’s not quite up to part and this is what could be improved. It’s a little harder when there’s nothing other than the dreaded thanks but no thanks. It’s a little more difficult figuring what to work on when there’s nothing really spelled out.

Second, I tend to fire up the iPod and listen to the angry, loud, heavily-laden guitar tunes really, really, LOUD. I’ve got to get that pent up frustration out somehow (and since these things tend to come when the Cabana Boys aren’t around...). It works.

Third, I do one of two things. I either set the manuscript aside and let it percolate for a day or two. I don’t let it fester too much longer than that or I just chuck it for good and that’s never good. Or, if I do decide to work on it I do it right away. This has meant some really, really late nights twiddling, tweaking, and no cabana boys are involved. I’d love to say this has worked wonders, staying up and fixing. In reality, some of the sessions have produced some great passages while others just died on arrival.

But isn’t that what writing and creating is? Some really works while some doesn’t. What works for one publisher might not work at all for another. What you thought would originally rock in the story could in all honesty fall flat. Can you work with the rejection or just quit?

Now that I’ve gotten all philosophical on you... I try, even though it’s really hard sometimes, to remember that this story might not be right, but it can be right. Someone will be willing to make the diamond shine—even if it has to be me before I send it out into the world again. You have to do what you have to do if you want to get past the hurt of rejection and find the sweet victory in those cute little words, “I’d love to publish this work with you. Here’s your contract.”

In closing, my advice is this: give yourself time to be hurt. It’s going to for a little bit. Then keep plugging away. Giving up is the ultimate rejection. Keep going, keep believing, and you’ll get there. You’ve got my vote!

About the Author: When she's not writing the stories in her head, Megan Slayer can be found luxuriating in her hot tub with her two vampire Cabana boys, Luke and Jeremy. She has the tendency to run a tad too far with her muse, so she has to hide in the head of her alter ego, but the boys don't seem to mind.

When she's not obsessing over her whip collection, she can be found picking up her kidlet from school.

She enjoys writing in all genres, but writing about men in love suits her fancy best.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Thursday Spotlight: Megan Slayer

Thursday Thirteen with Megan Slayer


I thought for today I’d do something a little different and yet similar to others. A Thursday Thirteen post. Thirteen things you might not know about Megan Slayer. Here we go:

13: I can’t tie a cherry stem with my teeth. Okay, I’ve never actually tried, but for some reason it doesn’t really interest me. Sad, I know.

12: I love a good red wine and beer makes me turn up my nose. Yes, I am picky.

11: I have a college degree in Fine Art.

10: I have a tattoo but I am scared to death of needles.

9: I love history, especially the Civil War era, but I doubt I’d ever write a book set in that time period because it’s been done—a lot.

8: I am not a morning person. Get me up before 9 am unless it’s to get the youngling to school and I’ll probably bite your head clean off. Conversely, if I do have to get up, I’m up for the morning. I can’t go back and nap. Dang it.

7: I hate laundry. My wish is for a washing/drying machine that not only washes and dries the clothes, but also folds and puts it away. I’m still waiting.

6: Yes, I still have a blankie. It’s not currently in use as it’s falling apart, but I have it still.

5: I might be short of stature, but as my best friend, Kealie and I proclaim: We are fun-sized.

4: I have a big dog and a little dog. I wanted the German Sheppard. The youngling wanted a wiener dog. We now have both. And yes, they are all best friends.

3: I wanted to be a beautician when I was a kid. I wanted to cut, style and color hair. To this day, I still cut/color my own hair. Can’t find anyone I trust to do it for me. Sad.

2: I can’t drive a stick shift. Don’t know that I want to learn. Meh.

1: I live in oHIo but I’ve never been to the Horseshoe down in Columbus. You’d think almost all Buckeyes would go there at one time. I haven’t made the trip. Yet. And yes, oHIo isn’t a typo. Buckeyes want the rest of the world to say HI to oHIo and come for a visit. Cheesy, but catchy.


About the Author: When she's not writing the stories in her head, Megan Slayer can be found luxuriating in her hot tub with her two vampire Cabana boys, Luke and Jeremy. She has the tendency to run a tad too far with her muse, so she has to hide in the head of her alter ego, but the boys don't seem to mind.

When she's not obsessing over her whip collection, she can be found picking up her kidlet from school.

She enjoys writing in all genres, but writing about men in love suits her fancy best.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wednesday Spotlight: Megan Slayer

But You’re a ... Girl


I had a very good friend of mine stop me dead in my tracks with an email the other day. Yes. Dead. In my tracks. How, you might wonder? She actually asked a simple question but it’s not a simple answer.

You wrote a male/male story. But you’re a girl. How is that possible?

You might be cocking your head the same way I was. At first I thought, how is it not possible? I mean, parts are parts and they go in the same general slots. Right? But then I thought on it a little longer. Oh, and I stared at the email a little longer. How was this possible?

Ok, so yes, I sat flummoxed at my computer for quite a while. I had no answer that would make a heck of a lot of sense. But something another friend said, came to mind. Now mind you, we come from totally different backgrounds and situations, but we’re friends—good friends to be exact.

What did she say? The question posed to the both of us was this: why not write interracial?

My answer: Um, I’ve never had a whole lot of experience outside of white bread Ohio. (Honest truth at the time)

Her answer: well, you’re a girl. I’m a girl. We pee the same, right? The color of our background and the situations we live in should only make the story richer.

I don’t mean this in any ill manner, but I thought, holy crap...she’s right. Just because I’ve never done something doesn’t mean I can’t write about it. So, I translated it into writing sexual stories.

I’m a girl, yes. But having sex is a rather universal thing. Most all of us...do it. A little healthy research, some photograph reference, and asking lots of questions can get you lots of answers. Some answers you might not want, but hey, can’t have everything.

So what did I tell my emailing friend? This: Heya. Hon, I’m not a man and never claimed to be (wouldn’t that confuse the cabana boys?). But I’ve had my share of fun and I know the mechanics of sex, be it tab A into slot B or tab A into slot A. It all works about the same—okay, so some needs a little more lube. You’re blushing, aren’t you? Good. I’m trying to get into the character’s head. I’m trying to show their feelings through sexual situations. If I get it right, cool. If I get it wrong, I’m sure there will be a lot of people out there willing to tell me. I write what I like and what the characters want to be.

Do you want to know what her reply was? Thought you might.

This: Oh.

So as I sit here typing the last part of this essay, I leave you with this—write what’s in your heart no matter color, creed, persuasion and be true to it. You’re writing for you and if others like it, fantastic. But if you don’t love it first and foremost, look for what you do love.

About the Author: When she's not writing the stories in her head, Megan Slayer can be found luxuriating in her hot tub with her two vampire Cabana boys, Luke and Jeremy. She has the tendency to run a tad too far with her muse, so she has to hide in the head of her alter ego, but the boys don't seem to mind.

When she's not obsessing over her whip collection, she can be found picking up her kidlet from school.

She enjoys writing in all genres, but writing about men in love suits her fancy best.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tuesday Spotlight: Megan Slayer

You Can’t Do That!


Authors, like artists and musicians have boundaries. Most won’t readily admit to them, but they do. Yes, there are those who are trying to push said boundaries, but they all have things they just won’t do. I love characters that push the limits but there are some things I just won’t write about.

I have a dear friend who said once, write what you are good at and sure, try new things, but know what you’re good at so you can exploit it. As much as I like to step out of my comfort zone, there are some steps I won’t take.

I give all the credit in the world to those authors who can write hardcore bdsm. I love to read it, but even when I’ve pushed my characters to try to go harder, they just aren’t right for it. Is that bad? Honestly, no. I’ve read plenty of hot stories where someone used a flogger or a whip. It was hot and the characters were into it. Great. My characters? Somehow they have an aversion to being hit. Spanked, yes, whipped... not so much.

Part of it has to do with me personally. I can read about it and get it, but I can’t comprehend being the one being whipped. I’m a wimp. I don’t like being hurt. Like I said, I can ‘get’ the fetish, but can’t write it in a way I feel does the action justice.

I’m okay with that.

Another thing I can’t seem to write is two girls. The boys have asked me to write them a story where there is more than one woman participating. Two separate ménages? Sure. A foursome with three guys? Absolutely. A foursome where the two women are pleasuring each other? Not gonna happen. I have nothing against two women pleasuring each other, it just doesn’t interest me. Shrug. I have to really buy into the relationship of the characters and that sort of relationship in a story is hot but not for me.

Now before you want to string me from the highest yardarm, think about it this way. I write what excites and interests me. You read what excites and interests you. It’s great. It’s variety. It works. What you like might not be what I like, but we both might enjoy reading the same kind of story. That’s what makes the world go round—all of us having and doing what we like. So check out my work. You might just like it. I’ll check out yours or your suggestions. I might just find a great new to me author.

I can’t wait.

About the Author: When she's not writing the stories in her head, Megan Slayer can be found luxuriating in her hot tub with her two vampire Cabana boys, Luke and Jeremy. She has the tendency to run a tad too far with her muse, so she has to hide in the head of her alter ego, but the boys don't seem to mind.

When she's not obsessing over her whip collection, she can be found picking up her kidlet from school.

She enjoys writing in all genres, but writing about men in love suits her fancy best.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday Spotlight: Megan Slayer

In the Mood


I wanted to introduce myself, first and foremost. My name is Megan Slayer. I write romance and it tends to be on the hot side. Why? The easy answer is I can’t get my characters to be behave. It’s the truth. The harder answer? I like inspirational books, I do. But I love books where the characters have the freedom to be as hinky kinky as they want to be. I like reading about characters who are expressing all their desires and needs in a safe environment.

Now that said, there’s this small issue of getting in the mood. Those who know me well know I don’t really hold back. My filter is usually broken. I tell you what’s on my mind, how I feel and don’t hold back. My one friend will say I am the most unrestrained of the Wild Women over at the Menagerie. She’s right. I am. Take me as I am, love me or hate me, but let me be me.

So back to the point. What about getting in the mood to write those hot, hot scenes? What does it take? Glad you asked.

My characters run the gamut from m/f to m/m, to m/m/f, to m/f/m. They are paranormal and contemporary mainstream. I have a lot of friends who are of every walk of life and persuasion. Sometimes all I need to get in the mood to write a scene is just to hang out with them. You’d be surprised how much you can work with just by sitting at a table talking with your friends. Now, I do have the disclaimer, if you say something I can possibly use, know it will end up in a book.

What if I need a little more than that? There’s always pictures and music. Writing sex means you have to be in the right frame of mind. Trust me. You never want to try to write white hot sex while in a bad mood. It just falls off the tracks. You probably don’t want to write sex if you’re depressed. Both happen to me as they happen to everyone. So to get myself in the mood, I tend to crank up the tunes. Something by Nine Inch Nails, Theory of a Deadman, or Disturbed works well. I also like to peruse photos. Not those photos, although they work rather well, too, I mean just looking at the photos that best resemble the character. Yep. I think about what that character might be thinking in the throes of lovemaking and run with it. Yes. I run rather far with them.

So that’s a peek into my mind and what I use to get in the mood. If you write hot, what gets you in the mood? If you’re a reader, what books get you in the mood? I’d love to know!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
When she's not writing the stories in her head, Megan Slayer can be found luxuriating in her hot tub with her two vampire Cabana boys, Luke and Jeremy. She has the tendency to run a tad too far with her muse, so she has to hide in the head of her alter ego, but the boys don't seem to mind.

When she's not obsessing over her whip collection, she can be found picking up her kidlet from school.

She enjoys writing in all genres, but writing about men in love suits her fancy best.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Author Interview with Ranae Rose


Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome Ranae Rose, whose latest book Eternity and a Year was just released. She's also recently signed contracts for new books coming out in 2012--Highland Storm, due out in January, and Spirited Away, due out in March, both from Total E-Bound.

Ranae started her writing at a young age—plagiarizing Sesame Street board books when she was in kindergarten. As a youth, she kept writing stories that included everything from the paranormal to mystery to romance.

"As an adult, I realized that I was most drawn to romance and that I wanted to write for adults," she said. "I liked reading love stories that left the bedroom doors open, so I started doing it, and – voilà! – here I am today. I still love writing romantic young adult fiction as well, but I do it under a different name for obvious reasons."

I asked Ranae how she distinguished between erotica, erotic romance, and pornography.

"I distinguish between erotic romance, erotica and pornography by the emotional connection between characters and genuine affection or a lack thereof. I feel that a story where the characters care strongly about and are attracted to each other for more than just physical reasons is an erotic romance, no matter how hot it is. On the other hand, if a story features characters having sex for the sake of physical pleasure alone outside of a relationship and without real concern for the other, I consider that to be just erotica or perhaps even pornography. Pornography, to me, is sex that is meant to physically arouse without inspiring any emotion in the reader."

It's not surprising, based on this answer, that she enjoys erotic stories that are emotionally engaging as well as being extremely sexy. She wants to genuinely care about the characters and be taken on an emotional journey.

"I’m not opposed to smiling, laughing or even crying when reading," she told me. "I strive to keep my own desires as a reader in mind while I write so that I can craft stories and characters that readers will able to relate to, sympathize with and be genuinely happy for."

Ranae writes a lot of what she's familiar with and, when that's not enough, she does much of her research via the internet.

"However, I also like to go hands-on!" she confessed. "Such as last month when I had to indulge in delicious donuts and coffee in order to make sure my writing for my then work in progress (an erotic romance between a hunky donut house owner and an aspiring café entrepreneur) was yummy enough! Clearly, I’m willing to suffer for my stories. And I won’t even go into what I did to make sure I was accurately describing the icing-heavy scenes that earned the work the title Glazed."

"What are the biggest public misconceptions about erotica?" I asked her.

"I think many people mistakenly imagine erotic romance authors as over-sexed deviants who are personally promiscuous and perhaps even perverted – whatever that term means to the individual. That’s not the case. We’re simply people who embrace sex as a highlight of the human existence and aren’t afraid to explore its physical and emotional joys via the written word. We’re not creepy, just confident!"

I wondered if Ranae's family read her erotic works and, if so, what they thought about her writing.

"Believe it or not, yes. In fact, my mom has read my most daring title. She’s not much of a fan of romance in general, let alone erotic romance, but she still supports me as a writer. I know she’d prefer me to spend my time writing something much less explicit, but she doesn’t try to rain on my sexy parade. My dad is also supportive of my writing, although he hasn’t read any of my adult stories. Some other family members of mine have also read some of my erotic work. "

On a personal note, Ranae agreed to answer some very random questions.

She is very happy being who she is and can't think of anyone else she would rather be.

"I’m much happier striving to live the kind of life I want to have than fantasizing about someone else’s," she assured me. "Gotta say though, there are many people I wouldn’t mind switching checking accounts with, even if I don’t want the rest of their lives!"

"What is you most embarrassing moment?" I asked.

I’m not sure about my most embarrassing moment – whatever it was, I’ve probably succeeded in mentally blocking it out by now. But something that jumps to mind happened just recently. I was shoe shopping with my husband, and he decided to give me some cash out of his pocket – in style. And by that I mean strip-club style, by shoving it between my cleavage and into my black lace bra. Just as the cash flashed and his hand dove between my boobs, a store employee popped up from behind a nearby shelf, saw, and looked me right in the eye. It was a very awkward shopping experience after that. The guy probably thinks I’m some sort of strange footwear fashion-conscious escort."

Ranae has seven ear piercings; her left nostril used to be pierced but she had to remove it after several years.

"I liked the way it looked, but it would become ripped out during the super close-contact martial arts classes I took," she explained.

She doesn't really want any more piercings, but if she had to choose, she would probably select her belly button.

"Why?" I wondered.

"I really don’t want any other metal on my face or more intimate areas (ouch!)," she said. "I do think that body piercing can be sexy, though I’m not sure what specifically appeals to me about it."

Her strangest habit? She always double-checks her oven before she turns it on to make sure a mouse isn't in there. She has a fear that one day one will get in, become trapped and she'll accidentally bake it alive while she's preheating the oven. She's never seen a mouse in there, and she's not even sure it's possible for one to get in, but she wants to make sure that if it does, it's safe.

Finally, I asked, "If you could give a new writer one piece of advice, what would it be?"

"I’d advise any new writer to take my favorite quote to heart: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. I feel that this quote by Thoreau is an indispensible piece of advice. If your dreams include writing, go for it! Write what’s in your heart and don’t let fear of failure or criticism hold you back."

You can keep up with Ranae on her blog, http://ranaerose.blogspot.com

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Author Interview with Tanith Davenport


Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome Tanith Davenport, whose debut novel The Hand He Dealt released this summer from Total-E-Bound Publishers.

Tanith originally intended to write women's fiction—which she told me focuses on the lead character's personal journey—because she thought it would give her more freedom of subject matter and would be considered more "serious" writing. The Hand He Dealth, however, naturally fell into the category of erotica because it dealt so heavily with the nature of its characters' sexuality.

"I discovered that there were so many ways that sex could illustrate character and plot points while still being enjoyable to read and write," she said.

To Tanith, the difference between erotica and erotic romance is like the difference between romance and women's fiction, as described above. Pornography, on the other hand, has as its focus sex, not plot.

"What are the biggest public misconceptions about erotica?" I asked.

"Probably the same misconception that I initially had. When I was first advised to pitch my novel as erotica, I thought of it as 'those books at the back of the store that everyone's thumbed through'. Since then, even though I've come to realise how much more there is to erotica, I have had many people tell me that I'm writing 'junk' and ask me when I will write a proper book, which is ridiculous. I'm proud to be an erotic author."

Other authors that Tanith is a particular fan of include Nichelle Gregory and Lisabet Sarai, telling me, "They both have the ability to choose the right wording to create intense erotic imagery."

When it comes to her own writing, if she enjoys it in the moment of writing, Tanith considers it a good start.

"If I then go back to it a few weeks afterwards and still find it exciting, I know it works," she said. "It's much easier after a break to pick out any throwaway bits that ruin the atmosphere."

Tanith told me she's often asked how she does research for her books—and the question is usually accompanied with a sly glance at her husband.

"Experimental and experienced I may be, but I also spend a lot of time on websites researching those kinks I'm not personally familiar with - and there are a few!" she told me. "I find the internet useful for both erotic and non-erotic research, since you can find an answer for the most obscure of questions; most recently I was trawling sites trying to find out how fast a 300-foot yacht could travel between Spain and Italy."

I wondered what Tanith's family thought of her writing.

"My husband is reading The Hand He Dealt as we speak. It isn't his type of novel, but he insists on reading it out of a sense of pride in and solidarity with me; plus he wants to make sure he's ready for any comments my in-laws make about it! Everyone has been very supportive, which has been wonderful."

The most embarrassing sex scene she's ever written was probably the dance scene in that book, she told me.

"Trying to choreograph a dance routine that would make a man come in his trousers made me cringe," she explained, "even though it did come out OK in the end. " Pun intended? Ask her tomorrow in the chat.

Tanith told me that she went through a phase of wanting her navel pierced, but she changed her mind.

"As much as I love the idea of being bejewelled, I’m something of a drip when it comes to piercing. Which is funny really, because I have four tattoos, one of which took four and a half hours to do. I find tattoos a lot sexier than piercings, to be honest – there’s something dark and dangerous about the designs on the skin."

"What food do you consider best for eating off another person?" I asked.

"Chocolate mousse is always a favourite, as is alcohol, although be careful where you pour that. I know from bitter experience."

She's also a great lover of Chinese and Thai food. She told me, "Combine a sweet and sour chicken (served with the sauce separate) with sticky rice and you can ask me any favour you like."

She does not, however, like anything coated in black bean sauce.

"Have you ever known anyone who can tie a cherry stem with their tongue?" I wondered.

"As it happens, yes. When I was a student I knew a girl in my hall who could do it. I tried to learn myself but could never get the hang of it – however, it’s a skill I like to give my heroines, since everyone loves a heroine who can do entertaining things with her tongue."

Along with the ability to tie cherry stems in knots, she also has to give her lead characters names with the letter A in it, or she can't visualize them. In The Hand He Dealt, she has Astra, Sasha, Harry, and Ash and, in her two WIPs her heroines are named Tara and Tatiana.

Tanith loves to try new things when she's not writing, such as skydiving or paragliding—and she told me she loves to go the spa, explaining, "There's nothing like a facial and massage to relax you. I also love going to restaurants, particularly ones with cuisines I haven't tried before, seeing films at the cinema, and singing - I'm a trained classical singer and love musical theatre."

She likes to have her toenails painted, but shared with me she's recently discovered Minx pedicures, which are stickers applied to your toenails, and she's become rather a fan.

"They have a silver firework pattern that I love," she said.

Finally, I asked her, "If you could give a new writer one piece of advice, what would it be?"

"Get as much guidance as you can. I made use of as many online resources as I could, took a creative writing course, joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme and even took my synopsis and query letter to a book doctor. There is so much help out there and all of it was invaluable."

You can keep up with Tanith on her blog, http://tanithdavenport.blogspot.com

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday Spotlight: Lori Toland

Saying Goodbye to Summer…


It’s hard to say goodbye to summer. Summer was awesome. It was a family trip or a whole day at the beach. When I was a teenager, it meant a summer fling or camping out at the movies with my best friend. As an adult, it was the start of my beautiful relationship on a sunny May day.

Sometimes those summer loves didn’t last but you hang on anyway to the sunshine and memories. You wish for what could have been if that love on a hot August night could have lasted. The night could last forever so the next morning, you don’t have to pack and leave.

Jamie can’t face Tristan in the morning, knowing his lover was a virgin. He takes the cowardly way out, leaving Tristan to mend the pieces of his broken heart. Jamie knew he would probably never see his summer fling again, but when their paths cross in Seattle, the summer memories of his love lost have Jamie wishing for what might have been.

Summer is a time of fun but Jamie will be the love Tristan never forgets. A schoolboy crush is fulfilled and hearts are shattered. Ten years later, lives have changed and Jamie is going to do anything to make it up to Tristan and show him how good they can be together. One last try at a summer fling to see if it can be real.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thursday Spotlight: Lori Toland

Let the music play


Life has a soundtrack, or at least it should. I always have music playing in my house or when I’m driving. When I’m walking, I listen to music and I’ve come inside at a run many times because I just had an idea for the story I’m working on.

Lovers have their own rhythm too. Like in Dirty Dancing, Johnny holds Baby’s hand over his heart and they dance in the rhythm. Our rhythm lies deep within us and I’m not talking just about dancing. Your heartbeat is the key.

I’ll set my playlists to shuffle and sit down to work on a story. Sometimes I’ll get lucky and the perfect song appears out of thin air. With my most recent story, I was watching a video game trailer with my husband and the song in the trailer fit perfectly with the mood of the scene I was writing right then.

Sometimes the perfect song tears into my life and I can’t stop writing. My fingers can’t keep up and I have to make notes as well to ensure nothing gets left behind. A song recently altered the whole course of my story and the characters started writing their own story. And that’s never bad!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wednesday Spotlight: Lori Toland

My drive to write


My whole life has always centered around art. I attended arts academies and took arts and creative writing and dance, I would try anything once. One of my favorite classes was pottery. And art was never about trying to be the best student, it was about creating something that satisfied me.

But I always found solace in writing. Over the years if I had a problem in my life, I hid in my little world I created. I used to write when I moved to a new school, during times of being bullied, to get through the tough times after I lost beloved family members, dealing with stress at works. I could go on for a long time.

After a debilitating illness, my doctor asked me did I remember a time when I was doing well in my life. Of course, I told him, it was before I was sick. I knew I probably would never get back to who I was before getting sick, but the question made me think. When I confessed I wrote stories, he told me it was cheap therapy and to restart my writing.

It was an odd prescription, and the first few stories were like riding a bike. The words came slow, but I kept at it, writing solely for my enjoyment. I fell off a few times and skinned my knees too. Soon, I zipped along and it felt like falling in love. I went over a cliff, falling into oblivion and I don’t think I’ve returned yet.
Not that I would want to!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday Spotlight: Lori Toland

What’s in a name?


I have a confession. I hate thinking up character names. I hate thinking up book names. I am creative so I should be able to think up the most perfect name for my characters. Sometimes I get lucky and they wave their hands in the air to let me know their name. If they don’t tell me, I end up stuck with Mr. No Name.

Titles should be much easier. I wish I could find several words to capture the theme of the book perfectly.I don’t know why I can’t because I just wrote 20,000 to 60,000 words of plot and sex and love with these two (or three) characters. I know them inside and out.

Names are powerful. They are connected to images and memories for everyone. There are some books I can’t enjoy because the hero has the same name as a family name. And then there are names of character’s I fell in love with. Damon from The Vampire Diaries is one of my favorite characters of all time and when I met my husband, I told him how much I loved his name.

My most recent release is from Dreamspinner Press. It’s a story about Jared, a hospice nurse, who needs to make an emergency visit to a patient in the middle of a hurricane. After his job is done, he’s caught up in more than just high winds when the storm surge traps him with Deputy Fire Chief Mike Brown.

The title for this one was simple because when the edge of the hurricane comes on shore, it makes Landfall. If only all titles came to me so easy.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Monday Spotlight: Lori Toland

The importance of grandmothers…

In all the time I’ve been reading, I’ve noticed many of my favorite authors always have something they are known for. Whether it’s a theme or characteristic of their heroes or heroines, there is always one fine detail that sneaks in as their signature. It’s an element that keeps readers coming back for more.

My signature is to have heroes with strong grandmothers. Well, cats appearing somewhere in the story is a must as well, but grandmothers always sneak in, whether I want it to or not. Grandmothers are treasures. They are a link to a part of ourselves we will never know. And they will always cherish us, because we are their legacy.

A lady I knew where I worked told me how she felt about her grandkids, “Imagine how you feel toward your child. You give them all the love in the world and then they have children. You feel all the love you’ve had for your child times ten toward the grandchild.” So I said, “You have seven children, dear. You must have a lot of love then.” She laughed. And she does have a lot of love to give.

In Trust In Me, Tristan has to miss his grandmother’s eightieth birthday party when works calls. His grandmother isn’t too bothered, because he promises to come down the next week to spend a few days with her. She thinks that’s fine because she won’t have to share him with everyone attending her party. Tristan’s grandmother reminds me of my grandmother so I hope you enjoy her as much as I enjoyed writing her.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Author Interview: Cassandra Carr


Whipped Cream is pleased to welcome Cassandra Carr, who lives in western New York with her husband, Inspiration, and her daughter, Too Cute for Words. Her debut novel, Talk to Me, was released by Loose Id in March of this year, and she has two new books under contract. The first, Head Games, is book one of the Buffalo Intimidators hockey menage series. It will release as an e-book in November 2011 and in print in March 2012 from Siren Bookstrand. The other, Caught, a BDSM holiday-themed novella, will release in December 2011 from Loose Id.

Cassandra didn't plan to be a writer; she went to school for human resource management and later moved into marketing.

"I've done a ton of jobs within the marketing arena, including being the Director of Marketing for a small dot com. When I got laid off from that job (thanks economy!) I did some contract work, while at the same time writing fan fiction," she said. "My mom, who is a writer, read one of my stories and told me I should just fictionalize it and turn it into my own book. That book was my first MS and it now bears little resemblance to the original fan fiction."

In addition to her erotic romances, Cassandra also writes "straight" romance, but admitted that at this point she finds erotic romance easier for her to write.

"Overall, straight romance can be very challenging because there tends to be more facets to the story," she explained.

"What does your family think of your writing?" I asked. "Do they read it?"

"My mom is a writer of women's fiction, and she's read my current release, Talk to Me. My dad's older sister, an ex-English teacher, read it too. Both liked it. My mom wants to read Caught so she can see exactly what a BDSM holiday story is like! I eased my sister into erotic romance before my book came out so that she'd be prepared for mine. I even sneaked in a few ménage books - and she liked them!

"I write under a pen name for a lot of reasons, but one of them is to protect my husband's family. They're a Big Fat Italian Catholic Family and though they came to my book release party to support me, I don't think they're particularly crazy about my choice of vocation."

I asked Cassandra how she did research for her books.

"I saw the most hilarious t-shirt on CafePress.com the other day – 'Erotica writer seeking research assistant - apply within'. I wanted to buy it in the worst way but figured my hubby wouldn't be too pleased!" she told me. "I do research a variety of ways, but one of my favorites is going right to the source. For instance, for my BDSM holiday novella, Caught, releasing in Nov/Dec 2011 from Loose Id, I talked to both Doms and subs. I also asked someone in the Lifestyle to read the book to tell me if the situations were realistic or not. It's a pet peeve of mine when I read a BDSM book that has nothing to do with reality."

There are two research books specifically for BDSM that Cassandra thinks are great whether a person wants to just write about the lifestyle or actually get involved in it: SM 101 and Screw the Roses, Send Me the Thorns. For general erotica, she would recommend the same writing books everyone uses--Goal Motivation Conflict by Deb Dixon, etc.

"Erotica really isn't that different from other types of writing - it just has more sex!" she explained. "You still need to have solid characterization, a believable conflict, and a great plot. Also, the story has to have sizzle. The characters need to have a compelling reason to get into bed - great chemistry is a must."

"What writers do you think write excellent erotic fiction?" I wondered.

"Maya Banks does an awesome job - she's probably my favorite. Others I like include Jaci Burton, Joey Hill, Cherise Sinclair, Natasha Moore, Miranda Baker, Cat Grant, and a slew of others. My to-be-read pile - both physical and on my Nook - stands at over 200 books!" She looked around for her husband, then whispered, "And I keep buying more."

Her favorite erotic book, however, was a tough question to answer because she's read so many that she's liked.

"Probably Sweet Temptation from Maya Banks' Sweet Series," she finally concluded. "An Alpha male Dom who pushes his sub... " She shivered in delight.

On a lighter side, I asked Cassandra, "If you could be anyone you wanted, who would it be?"

"A specific person? Gosh, I don't know! I think it would be cool to live in either Victorian or Regency England, but only as someone with money. My hands are far too delicate for scullery maid work!"

Talk turned to food and I wondered what food she considered best for eating off another person.

"Funny you should ask this! In Talk to Me my heroine eats off my hero - mostly chocolate sauce. Hey - a girl's gotta eat dessert! I wrote that based on what I'd like to eat off a guy. I'm a chocoholic - what can I say?"

In fact, Cassandra admitted that she adored food, and it would be hard for her to pick out one favorite. She loves New York style pizza (or, really, any style), sushi, ice cream, warm chocolate chip cookies… it was getting close to lunch time! She also loves a good drink—wine or fruity martinis. However, don't try to serve her tuna fish. She can hardly be within ten feet of it without wanting to gag.

Finally, I asked her what advice she would give to writers who want to write erotica.

"Learn how to write a sex scene. Read books from erotic authors you admire and see how they do it. The absolute worst thing is an erotic romance with badly-written sex scenes. Also, within those sex scenes, be sure everything makes sense. This seems like such a simple thing, but is often overlooked. In Talk to Me, my editor pointed out that my hero would've toppled over at one point. Her comment was something like 'Geez! Drew's got to have a hand on the bed or something here. No one is that coordinated.' It was a very good point. When I went back and looked at the scene I cracked up thinking about him trying to do all the things at one time - I'm not even sure two hands would've been enough!"

You can keep up with Cassandra on her blog, http://booksbycassandracarr.com/wordpress/,